(; born October 14, 1983 in Longyan
) is a badminton
player from China
. By the age of 27, Lin completed the "Super Grand Slam", having won all major titles in world badminton: Olympic Games
, World Championships
, World Cup
, Thomas Cup
, Sudirman Cup
, All England Open
, Asian Games
, and Asia Championships
, becoming the first and only player to achieve this feat.
He has been nicknamed "Super Dan" by his fans.
In his early years, Lin was encouraged to learn to play the piano
by his parents, but chose to play badminton at the age of five. He joined the sports troop of the People's Liberation Army
at the age of 13 and has been part of China's national badminton team
since 2001 when he was 18.
On April 10, 2008, he created controversy when he struck coach Ji Xinpeng
in front of his teammates and reporters during the warm-up tournament ahead of Thomas Cup
. The incident was reportedly triggered by Lin being unhappy with Ji's starting lineup for the tournament.
Lin has been in a romantic relationship with Xie Xingfang
, herself a former world champion badminton player
, since 2003. They were quietly married on December 13, 2010 in Haizhu
. Xie initially denied but later admitted the news when reporters got the evidence. Lin reacted angrily towards... Read More